For over a week now, MSNBC has been touting its upcoming Town Hall event with Hillary Clinton, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 14 (tomorrow) here in Springfield, Illinois.*
But there is one, small hitch: no one in Springfield seems to know where this Town Hall is supposed happen, or how to go about getting a ringside seat.
MSNBC's web site yields no useful information, and neither the Clinton campaign website nor the campaign FaceBook page makes any mention of "town hall". Also the person staffing the only publicly available contact phone number for MSNBC informed me twice that "no one from that department" works on the weekends, and that I should try back "Monday through Friday" during regular business hours.
Weird how my local family-owned hardware store can manage to stay open on Sunday, but not the media capitol of the world.
The only info available is this from the State Journal-Register:
Hillary Clinton in Springfield Monday for an MSNBC town hallPosted Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:04 PMUpdated Mar 11, 2016 at 3:18 PMDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Springfield on Monday to participate in a town-hall meeting hosted by cable channel MSNBC.The town hall, moderated by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball" program, will air at 6 p.m. on the cable channel. No other details, including the venue and whether the public can see the event in person, were immediately released in an announcement from MSNBC....
Dear Clinton Campaign and MSNBC -- You don't get to call it a "Town Hall" if you won't tell anyone in the damn "town" where the damn "hall" is.
*Thanks for catching my date error.
Apparently MSNBC does have spokespersons who work on the weekends. They just don't talk to proles like me. Based on SJR reporting late yesterday and the word on the street, it appears this will be an invitation-only event for pre-screened Clinton supporters and Democratic party functionaries.
Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, will participate in a town-hall meeting hosted by cable channel MSNBC at the Old State Capitol. The event will be taped at 2:45 p.m. and will air on MSNBC at 6 p.m. An MSNBC spokeswoman said Sunday a limited number of tickets for Clinton's town hall event had already been given out.
By contrast, the Ted Cruz event (which is also here today) is open to the public:
Meanwhile, a rally for Cruz, who is running second behind Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, will be held at the iWorship Center, 3200 Shaler Road, at 10:30 p.m.The Cruz event is open to the public. People wanting to attend are encouraged to get a free ticket by using eventbrite.com.Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the rally is expected to last an hour. IWorship Center also plans to livestream the event on the church's website. Cruz's father, Rafael, appeared at iWorship Center last week
Dear Clinton Campaign and MSNBC -- when you are losing an open-door-and-welcome-one-and-all contest to Ted Cruz, you are hanging on way too tight.
Also for what it's worth. no Bernie Sanders event I ever heard of ever turned away the great unwashed.